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November 14, 2008: Al Mueller to become Western Bank SVP, Chief Credit Officer

St. Paul, MN. (November 14, 2008). Western Bank announced today that Al Mueller will be promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer in January 2009. With these responsibilities Al will also play an integral role in developing bank-wide strategies and policies as a member of Western Bank's management team. Mueller has been at Western Bank for the past 23 years working as a Vice President Commercial Banker and Credit Analysis Manager. His experience makes him a tremendous asset. He has been instrumental in adeptly helping the bank maintain its credit quality.

"Al Mueller is well deserving of his new responsibilities as SVP, Chief Credit Officer," said Julie Sands Causey, Western Bank Chairman. "Al has been instrumental in managing our credit quality, as well as leading and developing commercial bankers, credit analysts and the loan servicing manager for Western Bank." Mueller will work side by side with Western Bank's soon-to-be President and CEO, Tony Lemaire and the rest of its management team in continuing to build this profitable and financially healthy bank.

About Western Bank
Founded in 1915, Western Bank is an independent, community bank dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of businesses and offering a full range of services to all of our customers. The bank has six geographically dispersed locations serving customers throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The corporate office still serves the original St. Paul, Minnesota neighborhood in which it started, with other offices in Edina, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Mounds View, and Oakdale. Western Bank has assets of $350 million and provides a full line of deposit and loan services to businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Western Bank has always found ways to help customers, to improve the quality of life in our communities, to return profit to shareholders and to care for its employees. Visit www.western-bank.com for more information.

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